Maglia Nera Stage 10

By: Gavin Gould May 21

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Stage 10 Modena – Salsomaggiore Terme 173km
Svein Tuft (Canada, Orica-GreenEdge) takes over the Maglia Nera today, adding 6:58 to his total which is now +1:57:57.

You may recall Svein got his 37th birthday gift in the Stage 1 TTT, taking the first Maglia Rosa of this year’s Giro. Since then it’s been a steady decline through the ranks, spending a lot of time on the front of the peloton to keep Michael Matthews in pink for the first week.
Apparently Svein’s past included a stint as a Trailer Park Boy – living behind the team owner’s house back when he was with Symmetrics (2005-2008) – teammate Christian Meier in the neighboring trailer.

He’s gone on to two seasons with Garmin, one at Spidertech, and now his 3rd season at Orica-GreenEdge, presumably no longer residing in a trailer or a van down by the river.
Svein doesn’t have twitter ( – there’s an account but it appears to be run by a fan who hasn’t updated since last July. No Strava. No Instagram (at least not with the username sveintuft) but there are 44 items with the #sveintuft hashtag. I didn’t bother checking on the status of his potential Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, or LinkedIn accounts.

The internet says it’s pronounced “Swain” by the way.



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